Posts Tagged ‘young people’

‘Weird Christianity’ and why young people are embracing orthodoxy online and in church Comments 0

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Gregorian chants, renaissance choral music and incense wafting from a metallic censer. In an era when Kanye West runs gospel-inspired services, and megachurches, like Hillsong, release chart-topping hits, these ancient Christian traditions are, unexpectedly, having a moment. And they’re not just resonating with older generations, either. Younger people are flocking to late-night Latin Mass — Read more

Initial synod talks focus on climate, priests and inculturation Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Climate change, water resources, inculturation and indigenous practices were among the topics discussed during the Amazon Synod’s Sunday afternoon session. A general summary of the topics discussed during the closed-door session has been published. Some of the discussions focused on ordaining married men. It was described as a “legitimate need” but one which “cannot affect Read more

A video competition for students – ‘Saints next Door” Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
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The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) has launched a video competition calling on students to share the stories of ‘saints’ in their lives. The competition ‘Saints Next Door’ is open to young people of all faiths and denominations. In 2018, Pope Francis shared a letter about saints. He explained that saints needn’t be mystical people from Read more

Young people are not the problem Comments 0

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
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If the recent conference at the University of Notre Dame — where speakers postulated reasons for young people’s disassociation from the Catholic Church — represents the approach going into the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people, we would beg church officials to postpone the gathering. What we heard was a familiar litany, placing blame Read more

Calling young people: Pope’s planning a pre-synod youth summit Comments 0

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Pope Francis is arranging a youth summit for March next year so he can hear firsthand from young people before next September’s bishops’ synod. “The Church wants to listen to the voice, the sensitivity, of faith and also the doubts and criticisms of young people,” he says. The Vatican says it is inviting young people Read more

Easter at Messy Church in Kapiti Comments 0

Monday, May 1st, 2017

The Anglican Parish of Kāpiti, says the Messy Church is providing a vehicle for teenagers to grow in their connection with God and their expression of devotion and hospitality. Messy Church is not a denomination, but a world -wide movement that attempts to provide “a relaxed style of church suitable for all ages.” It values Read more

Be warm to attract young people to your church. Not cool. Comments 0

Friday, September 9th, 2016

So many churches pour money and energy into flashy worship services meant to make teenagers and young adults think that church is cool. But it turns out cool isn’t what young people want. Forget the rock-band vibe and the flashing lights. Warm is the new cool. For our book “Growing Young,” we researched more than Read more

Teach seminarians to live in the real world – Pope Francis Comments 14

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Pope Francis has asked his fellow Jesuits involved in priestly formation to help seminarians understand that in the real world. “Decisions Catholics make in their everyday lives are rarely ethically clear-cut, but rather exist on a spectrum between good and evil,” the pope said. “We need to form future priests not to general and abstract ideas, Read more

Church needs reality check in wake of Ireland referendum Comments 0

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The Catholic Church in Ireland needs a “reality check”, the Archbishop of Dublin said, in the wake of an overwhelming referendum vote for same-sex marriage. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin also said the Church needs to ask itself if it has drifted away from young people. In the referendum on May 22, voters were asked if they Read more

To engage world, Church must seek and be with other seekers Comments 0

Friday, March 13th, 2015

A philosopher’s idea that there are faith “seekers” and “dwellers” is sparking debate about how the Church engages with the world. The idea is that of Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, who was one of the main speakers at an international conference on Church renewal in Rome this month. According to a Catholic News Service report, Read more